Attached please find the RESULTS of the 57th Asbury Park Polar Bear 5k Run. As you know, this year was much different from the other 56 editions of the race due to COVID restrictions, but we were able to keep the tradition going as the oldest road race on the Jersey Shore, one which has never been canceled. Ironically, the eighteen participants was not much less than the number who ran in the first ever Polar Bear in 1964.
I especially want to thank all of the runners who turned out on a chilly morning, and Walter, Elliott and John Kuhi for helping to manage the event. Some of you who have been attending the event for many years like Elliott (the event founder in 1964) , John and Phil Hinck know that the event has been held from sub-zero up to eighty degree weather, in rain and snow storms, and ice covered boards, but it has always been held. Hopefully, in 2021 we will be back up to the 500 plus Polar Bear runners that Erin was able to attract in 2019.
Happy New Year.
A huge congratulations to Jess Abbott for becoming a National Champion again while Liliah Gordon snagged 5th place at the USATF Junior Olympics XC Championships! Phenomenal job, girls - we are so very proud of you!
Shore A.C. extends a huge congratulations to Beth for officially winning the 2020 virtual Boston Marathon! Beth ran away with a new PR of 2:45.54! That is a 6:19 pace for 26.2 miles! Impressive work - a truly incredible accomplishment!!
Matt Cola at St. John's send Elliott Denman this wonderful press release
Aliann Pompey Promoted to Associate Head CoachLongtime assistant and former Olympian elevated to new role
The St. John’s Athletic Department recently announced that four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey has been elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach.“I have to thank Mike Cragg and Coach Hurt for this honor and I am appreciative of them for their support and tutelage,” Pompey said.“They’re both part of the reason why I am able to continue doing what I love here at St. John’s University. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward working closely with our administration on continuing our tradition of success.”
Since joining the St. John’s track and field program as an assistant coach in 2014, Pompey has seen her athletes break the Red Storm’s indoor records twice in the 200 and 400 Meter Dashes while also eclipsing previous program bests in the 60 Meter Hurdles, 500 Meter Run and the 4×200 Meter Relay.
Pompey has also helped the Johnnies’ sprints and hurdles squad break outdoor records in the 100 Meter Hurdles, 800 Meter Run, the 4×200 Meter Relay and the 4×100 Meter Relay.
Most recently, Pompey guided Leah Anderson to three gold medals at the 2020 BIG EAST Indoor Championships, as she took first place in the 200, 400 and the 4×400 Meter Relay.
Anderson was named the conference’s most outstanding performer in track events and earned the BIG EAST High Point Performer Award, leading the field with 22.5 points. Pompey’s sprints and hurdles squad accounted for at least 60 percent of St. John’s total team points at the meet.
“I am very pleased and proud to have Coach Pompey become our associate head coach as she is exceptional in every way,” said Head Coach Jim Hurt.
“She is a great and winning coach, keenly intelligent and insightful, and a person of great character. She has made a significant impact on our program over the past six years and will continue to do so in the years to come.”
In 2017, Pompey assisted Adriana Wright in capturing the indoor BIG EAST High Point Performer Award after winning three gold medals in the 60 Meter Hurdles, 60 Meter Dash and the 200 Meter Dash. The following year, she helped Maya Stephens earn the conference’s Most Outstanding Co-Performer Award in track events accolade for her wins in the 200 and 400 at the 2018 indoor championships.